Memorial Day weekend travel slowed by construction zones, lane restrictions


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MADISON, Wisconsin — Highway construction work will be halted during the busy Memorial Day weekend in Wisconsin, but motorists will likely encounter delays on some major roadways, transportation officials said.

Work on state highway projects will end at noon Friday and resume at 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to Wisconsin Department of Transportation projects communication manager Mark Kantola.

"We've got to make sure all lanes are clear of people and shoulders of any equipment or material that could interrupt the free flow of traffic," he said. But, that doesn't mean clear sailing through construction zones.

"That said, there is still going to be barrier walls, orange barrels, soft shoulders and lane restrictions. These in themselves will cause a traffic impact to holiday travelers, especially on the (Interstate) 41 project in Brown County and the (state Highway) 441 projects in Outagamie and Winnebago counties," Kantola told Press-Gazette Media (( ).

Some of the projects that could affect travel include Interstate 90 in La Crosse, which is reduced to one lane in each direction. Lane and speed restrictions are in effect on Interstate 41 in Outagamie and Brown counties and on Highway 441 over Little Lake Butte des Morts in Winnebago County.

In Marathon County, the U.S. Business 51 interchange is under reconstruction in Wausau. And, the state Highway 12/50 interchange in Lake Geneva is reduced to one lane in both directions.

The Wisconsin State Patrol reminds motorists that more travel means additional chances of crashes. Eleven people died on Wisconsin roadways during the Memorial Day weekend last year, according to the DOT. On average over the last five years, eight people die over the holiday weekend each year, transportation officials said.

Information from: Press-Gazette Media,

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